Stocks have rallied 177%, and while calling a top is the easiest thing to do, it might not be the most accurate, Cramer says.
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As the company prepares to go public, it says revenue rose 45% but expenses nearly doubled, led by huge R&D costs. User growth is slowing.
Its first-quarter results, filed as part of an updated prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday, suggests growth is slowing, with first-quarter net income actually falling from a year ago.
Facebook's initial public offering is probably the most eagerly awaited IPO since Google (GOOG) went public in 2004. There's talk that the offering could produce a market capitalization of $100 billion for the company. While there will certainly be plenty of people trying to buy shares, close study of its prospectus is in order.
The old saw 'don't fight the tape' is most true when dealing with growth stocks like these.
By Timothy Lutts, Cabot Wealth Advisory
One great way to find high-potential stocks is to look for breakouts to new highs right after a market correction.
So last week I did just that, two days after the Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) scared the pants off many investors by dropping 200 points in a day. I found six stocks worth writing about -- stocks that are clearly under accumulation by growth investors.
Many market-watchers look at the price of the metal as an indicator of economic health. They're not seeing the full picture.
Which signal should you heed: the stock market's message that the future looks relatively robust, or the hints coming from the copper market that a decline in economic growth, and thus in corporate profitability, is on the horizon?
There certainly is a link between demand for copper and economic growth. The metal is an essential ingredient in nearly every kind of manufactured good. It's needed for homebuilding, including plumbing and wiring, and car manufacturing; it also ensures that computers and air conditioners work.
The company is spending $605 million on the super-hot Pinnacle Vodka brand and Calico Jack rum.
Beam (BEAM), a company that made its name on whiskey, has jumped into the hot area of flavored vodka.
Several spirit brands have recently delved far into the dessert category of vodka flavors, ranging from cotton candy to whipped key lime. In an effort to leap in front of the competition, Beam has acquired perhaps the most innovative of these premium vodka brands: Pinnacle Vodka.
The company is planning to open 40 locations in Moscow alone over the next five years.
It's hard enough to find a Krispy Kreme (KKD) store in many U.S. cities, but residents of Moscow will soon be swimming in glaze. The company is planning to build 40 Krispy Kreme shops in that city alone in the next five years.
That's a lot of doughnuts. The largest cities in the U.S. don't have anywhere near that many. Los Angeles has one store. Same for New York. Chicago and Houston have none. Krispy Kreme has closed many underperforming U.S. locations over the last several years.
Ominous technical signals may be red flags for upcoming earnings surprises.
By Tom Aspray, MoneyShow.com
Even though the majority of reporting companies have beaten analyst estimates, there have also been quite a few stocks that have come under heavy selling pressure after their earnings reports were released.
As I discussed in detail on Friday, the stock market still looks vulnerable, and a sharply lower close on Monday would increase the odds of a deeper correction.
The oilfield services company is bullish on its margins for the current quarter.
GE, Microsoft and Honeywell serve up more proof that listed companies have rarely had it so good.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Economic statistics have been terrible of late. And this is not because we've had disappointing job growth, tepid home sales, or slipping consumer confidence. What's really terrible is that the gloomy macro data distracted investors from the powerful momentum propelling corporate profits.
Weighing those inputs is a daily challenge. Sure it's nice that General Electric (GE) nipped its earnings estimates on the strength of a 14% revenue surge in its industrial businesses. But how long can that go on with Spanish bond yields around 6%?
Buffett's cancer prognosis isn't likely to alter the growth or guiding principles of his company.
Warren Buffett's announcement last week that he is undergoing treatment for early-stage prostate cancer sent ripples through the investment world. It is still not known who will replace the irreplaceable leader of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B).
Investors wonder whether it's worth sticking with the company while awaiting a clue, if not a solid assurance, that the mother ship won't go the way of the Titanic.
Political uncertainty in Europe and allegations of bribery at Wal-Mart kick the week off on a sour note.
Shares of Wal-Mart (WMT) dragged on the Dow, declining 4.6% after The New York Times said the company focused on damage control instead of fixing problems after finding "evidence of widespread" bribery at Wal-Mart de Mexico.
Another Dow component, Pfizer (PFE), also slid following major news, falling almost 1% after agreeing to sell its Nutrition business to Nestle (NSRGY) for $11.85 billion.
Just because a stock has a lofty price-to-earnings ratio like Amazon, Chipoltle or Lululemon, doesn't mean it will drop.
Check out the standard bear case for stocks ranging from Amazon.com (AMZN) to Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) to Lululemon (LULU). For all three, "value" investors argue that the stocks must drop because they sport lofty price-to-earnings ratios. In fact, some folks make this prediction as if it is Newtonian law.
As of Friday's close, AMZN trades at a current P/E of roughly 139 and forward P/E of about 74. CMG clocks in at approximately 62 and 39, respectively, while LULU notches a P/E of 58 in the here and now and 35 looking out one year. These three stocks, with the exception of a few very normal fits and starts, have done nothing but go up.
The telecom falters in the competitive smartphone market, and some analysts are predicting a bleak future.
Can Nokia save itself? Here's what some experts are saying:
Are investors overreacting to bad headlines?
The stock was down almost 5% by noon. The stock, which had gained 4.5% this year, will no doubt fall further as more information emerges over the next few days. Though the Times' story has damaged Wal-Mart's reputation, investors shouldn't panic.
These shares have some traditional characteristics, yet they remain cheaper than they should be.
They are developing and innovating and taking share for doing so. Under Armour, the apparel company, developed new forms of fiber that are lighter weight but tough that athletes love. Its technology is what's driving sales, including the spectacular numbers it put up last week.
Lennar and First Solar are downgraded, while AstraZeneca is upgraded.
Monday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
- AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
- BMC Software (BMC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
- Banco Santander (STD) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman, and to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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